The types of diplomas awarded to high school students in the Commonwealth of Virginia are as follows:
- students must complete 24 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations plus 9 verified credits if entered 9th grade before 2011-12
- students must complete 26 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations plus 9 verified credits if entered 9th grade from 2011-12 onward
- students entering 9th grade from 2013-14 onward must also complete a virtual course
- students must complete 22 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations plus 6 verified credits
- Students entering 9th grade from 2013-14 onward must also earn a board-approved career/tech credential and complete a virtual course
- Beginning with students entering 9th grade in 2013-14 this will also include those previously receiving Modified Standard diplomas and may include modified requirements for students with disabilities on IEPs
Modified Standard – not available for students entering 9th grade from 2013 onward
- students with a disability, as identified on their IEP, who are unlikely to complete the requirements for a standard diploma
- students must complete 20 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations and demonstrate numeracy and literacy (pass 8th grade math and English)
General Achievement Diploma GAD
- students must be 18 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school
- this option is for students who have completed 20 standard units of credit towards graduation and did not have the necessary verified credits from other above categories
- units can be earned at community college, in high school, or other program
- student must obtain a passing score on his/her GED
Applied Studies Diploma (formerly Special Diploma)
- Students with disabilities who complete the requirements of their IEP but don’t meet the requirements for other diplomas.
Certificate of Program Completion
- Students who complete a prescribed program of studies as defined by the local board but do not qualify for a diploma. These students may or may not have an IEP.
For more information concerning your child’s diploma type, please contact your High School Guidance Counselor.